Obtain Justice For Sexual Assault Victims in the US Military
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A 2011 report found that women in the US military are more likely to be raped by fellow soldiers than they are to be killed in combat.
Only 175 out of 3,223 reported of sexual assault faced any real conviction.
1 in 3 women are raped in the US Military
Every 30 minutes a rape occurs in the US Military
In 2012, only 3,374 out of 26,000 sexual assault cases were reported
The epidemic of rape in the US Military remains a major problem due to the fact that cases are handled within the chain of command, which means that incidents are reported to a soldier's’ commanding officer, who can shut down the case or overturn the final decision at any point. Additionally, the commanding officer is not required to provide an explanation when they do so. The culture in the military blames the victim, and frequently they receive dishonorable discharges for adultery or behavioral disorders while the rapist remains in the military unpunished. Because of this, sexual assaults are frequently unreported because the victim would rather stay quiet than be shamed and shunned by their fellow officers and removed from service. We, Liza Christopher, Mary Capretta, and Olivia Brennan, are working for justice for victims of rape in the US Military. We hope to see Congress pass laws to remove cases from the chain of command, create support systems, and obtain real justice for victims so that this horrible issue can see a dramatic change.
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